WASHBURNE, Elihu Benjamin, 1816-1887


"Eminent Upholders in Congress of the War for the Union" (detail), engraving, 1865, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Guide to Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1829-1889, 31.4 linear feet.
The papers of Elihu Washburne chiefly contain correspondence covering most phases of his career after his election to Congress in 1852.

Papers: In the James Gillespie Blaine Family Papers, ca. 1777-1945, 20 linear feet.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the John A. J. Creswell Papers, ca. 1819-1885, 8 linear feet.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Henry L. Dawes Papers, ca. 1833-1933, approximately 22,000 items.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Hamilton Fish Papers, ca. 1732-1914, 85 linear feet.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Ulysses S. Grant Papers, ca. 1819-1969, 100 linear feet.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Abraham Lincoln Papers, ca. 1774-1948, 48 linear feet.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Edward McPherson, 1738-1936, approximately 18,000 items.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Charles H. Rogers Family Papers, ca. 1858-1930, 0.2 linear foot.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Caleb B. Smith Papers, ca. 1841-1862, approximately 1200 items.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the John C. Underwood Papers, ca. 1856-1898, 165 items.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Israel Washburn Papers, 1838-1908, 3 containers.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Henry Wilson Papers, 1851-1875, 200 items.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1849-1872, 10 items.
Correspondence with Elihu Washburne focusing on elections of 1868 and 1872.

Papers: 1856-1877, 21 items.
The Elihu Washburne Papers contain five letters written while Elihu Washburne was serving as a U.S. Representative, discussing politics, legislation, and the proposed Illinois Constitution of 1862. Twelve letters were written by Elihu Washburne to Ninian Wirt Edwards after he retired from diplomatic service and had begun his pursuits in history. Also included are requests information about Edward Coles, Ninian Edwards and other early Illinois political figures.

Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from J.F. Farnsworth with Elihu Washburne and Owen Lovejoy writen on March 1, 1861. Topics discussed in the letter include Simeon Whiteley.

Papers: 1861-1880, 70 items.
The papers include correspondence between Elihu Washburne and Ulysses S. Grant.

Papers: 1862-1887, 9 items.
The papers include three letters from Elihu Washburne from 1862; 1. June 6, to Governor Yates re: effort should be made to defeat the new constitution; 2. Aug. 8 letter to W.W. Curtis, re: not a candidate for Congress and volunteer companies being raised in JoDaviess County; 3. Dec. 13, letter telling recipient to go to Governor Yates to find a good position. Two letters to the Globe Office ordering subscription for General Grant. One letter, July 15, 1887 to Gov. John Smith re: his continued bereavement over the loss of his son. There also are three letters from Elihu Washburne in France: 1. Feb. 18, 1871 to Rear Admiral Charles S. Boggs re: preparations for moving American legation to Bordeaux during Franco-Prussian War; 2. Invitation, Dec. 26, 1871 to General Bates and his daughter for an evening with the Washburnes; 3. April 12, 1872 to Ulysses S. Grant re: resignation of Andrew Gregg Curtin as minister to Russia and his value to the 1872 presidential campaign.

Papers: In the Henry Enoch Dunner Papers, 1831-1891, 16 items.
Persons represented include Elihu Washburne.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: December 17, 1879; February 14, 1880. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1871-1890, approximately 15 items.
Letters, speeches, and notes discuss Elihu Washburne’s interests as a U.S. Congressman (Republican, Illinois) and U.S. Minister to France. There also are a few images of Elihu Washburne at the Chicago Historical Society.

Papers: In the Isaac N. Arnold Papers, 1860-1885, 0.5 linear foot
Persons represented include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the David Davis Papers, ca. 1815-1964, 9 linear feet.
Persons represented include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Zebina Eastman Papers, 1840-1885, 3 linear feet.
Persons represented include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Flower Family Collection, ca. 1812-1974, amount unknown.
Persons represented include Elihu Washburne.

Papers: In the Joseph Russell Jones Papers, ca. 1758-1909, approximately 100 items and 1 volume.
Correspondents include Elihu Washburne.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (February 11, 1883) in the Allan Nevins collection.
Finding aid in repository.


Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1863-1867, 2 items.
A letter of Elihu Washburne describing an expedition to Port Gibson, Miss., with General Ulysses S. Grant, the battle there, and the attitude of the soldiers toward Grant; and a letter concerning the re-instatement to a position for the addressee.

Papers: In the Algernon S. Washburn Papers, 1832-1884, 214 items.
Personse represented include Elihu Washburne.


Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Charles Henry Ray Papers, ca. 1826-1904, 437 items.
Corrspondents include Elihu Washburne.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Algernon S. Washburn Correspondence, 1833-1882, 1 box.
The collection contains family letters about Israel Washburn’s law practice, real estate, and diplomatic service.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February-March 1871; May 15, 1848; June 23, 1864. 6 letters.
Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


University of Maine at Orono
Orono, ME
Papers: 1857-1869, 1 folder.
The papers include six letters from Elihu Washburne to the Daily Globe (Washington, D.C.) office. In the letters, Washburne requests that copies of the Globe be sent to his constituents and charged to his Daily Globe allotment. One of the letters is to the Commissioner of Pensions.


Washburn Norlands Library
Livermore Falls, ME
Papers: In the Israel Washburn Papers, 1841-1883, 1.5 feet.
The papers include correspondence with Israel Washburn, discussing family matters and political issues.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI
Papers: In the Cadwallader Colden Washburn Papers, 1844-1877, 3 boxes.
Correspondence of Israel Washburn while serving as Ambassador to France.